Just what the New York Giants needed after they were knocked out of the playoffs this past weekend, the legal troubles continue for wide receiver Plaxico Burress. A trial is set to begin in Pennsylvania Wednesday, January 14, 2009 to determine how much the NFL player will have to pay for damages to a car he leased, which was impounded by the New York City Police.
A Lebanon County (PA) car dealer allowed Burress in 2006 to borrow a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche, worth more than $36,000, in exchange for promotional appearances by the Giants receiver.
“I thought it would be good for my business,” said Frederick Laurenzo, the dealer.
Laurenzo claims that Burress never showed up for appearances and did not return the car, which was seized by police after Burress let someone else borrow the car. There is no information on the extent of the damage to the car or whether or not a car accident was the cause of the damage.
This is just the latest in a series of legal troubles for the star-crossed receiver. Burress is currently being sued by a 27-year old woman for a May 16, 2008 car accident in Florida. He gained infamy for shooting himself in the foot at a Manhattan nightclub on November 29, 2008 and, adding insult to injury, faces criminal charges for carrying an unlicensed, concealed weapon.
Our car accident lawyers are appalled by the total lack of responsibility that Burress has displayed. Being a professional football player does not give him the right to conduct himself in this manner. This is a man that clearly feels he is above the rules governing “normal people.”
The spotlight shines brightly on him because of his football abilities. He could have used his popularity to set a good example for young people. Instead, he has been an example of what not to do in life.
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